How we work
We provide a diagnostic ultrasound imaging and ultrasound guided interventional service, specialising in detecting both structural and functional musculoskeletal injury.
By working closely with our referrers we achieve a greater understanding about how ultrasound imaging enables accurate diagnosis, contributes to determining the extent of the injury, may provide follow-up assessment of healing, and may be used to direct treatment.
We need you to bring a referral form signed by your clinician for all examinations.
A report will be emailed to the referrer the next day. Or if you need we will give you a preliminary report to take with you straight after the examination.
|ACC Approved Scans||No surcharge|
|ACC Approved Scans (Weekend & Evenings)||$20 surcharge|
|Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections (ACC Approved)||No Surcharge|
|Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections (Non-ACC)||$320|
|Abdomen & Pelvis||$270|
|Renal (Kidneys & Bladder)||$200|
|Neck & Thyroid||$200|
160 Lake Road,
Phone: 09 481 0670
Fax: 09 481 0677
SMS: 027 906 4884
YMCA Mt Albert
YMCA Mount Albert,
773 New North Road,
Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
Phone: 09 815 0656
Steroid injections are also known as cortisone injections, Kenacort injections, and corticosteroid injections. This sheet discusses low-dose injections given up to a few times per year.
Steroid injections are used to treat painful conditions of the joints and soft tissues, such as bursitis, tennis elbow, inflammation caused by arthritis, and some nerve problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Steroid injections provide prolonged relief of inflammatory pain particularly when used with the guidance of your physiotherapist or osteopath.
Steroid injections are generally very safe and well tolerated. Steroid injections are safe during pregnancy & while breast feeding.
How do they work?
Steroid Injections work by delivering a powerful anti-inflammatory directly to the painful area. The steroid may take a few days to become effective but may give sustained relief. Usually, only one injection is required, but sometimes several are required over a number of months to relieve the condition.
What will happen?
We will discuss the procedure & outcomes and provide an opportunity to ask questions and your consent will be required. The doctor will clean and scan the affected area prior to performing the injection.
What will you feel?
The needle, which is very small, is carefully guided into the area of inflammation. Local anaesthetic is mixed with the steroid so that the area goes numb after the injection.
After the injection
The local anaesthetic wears off within a few hours and the injected area may be more sore for 24 to 48 hours. Rest, compresses and paracetamol will help relieve this pain. Your doctor may prescribe some oral pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication to take while waiting for the steroid to take effect. Avoid strenuous activity after the procedure but as a guide if an activity is not painful before the procedure, it is probably safe to continue with after the procedure.
Elderly patients and others receiving; hand, elbow and foot injections may require a driver to transport them home after.
If you are not already seeing a physio / osteopath, long term benefit from the injection will be enhanced by a rehabilitation programme commencing a week after the injection.
Although uncommon, you may experience minor reactions to the injection, such as:
- Bruising or bleeding at site of injection, which is generally minor.
- People with diabetes may get a transient rise in blood sugar levels and need to monitor their blood sugar levels closely over the next few days.
- Superficial injections may rarely result in thinning or pallor of the skin or local fat loss. This is not painful and mostly returns to normal after a few months.
- The injection can cause hot flushes, which can last for up to a day or two.
More Serious Problems
These are all very unlikely but do occur occasionally. If you have any concerns about a possible adverse reaction to the injection, please discuss with your GP.
Infection is very uncommon but may present as pain, heat, redness & swelling. If you feel unwell, you should see your GP immediately.
Cartilage and tendon damage
Frequent injections into weight bearing joints can cause cartilage damage. Injections are rarely put into large tendons, such as the Achilles tendon, in view of concerns that the medication may weaken the tendon.
Effects on the rest of the body
The steroids from the injection are absorbed over time and are a low dose compared with those taken as pills for medical problems and side effects are highly unlikely with single or even a few injections.
Other do’s and don’ts after an injection
Do keep taking all usual medications unless told otherwise by your doctor.
Do get immunised as usual.
You don’t need to alter your alcohol intake, up or down.
You or your referrer can phone or email with your referral form to make a booking for a steroid injection. If you have any further questions about steroid injections or wish to make an appointment, contact us using the form or contact details in the footer.